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  • Writer's pictureAmy Dougley

6 myths about chiropractic care

Whilst many people are comfortable utilizing the support of a chiropractor for their health, there still remains a certain amount of misinformation regarding chiropractic care.

In this blog, Dr. Spenser Dougley (DC) addresses 6 common myths surrounding the profession.

1. Once you go to a Chiropractor you have to keep going.

This is not true. In order to see results from Chiropractic, multiple sessions over a recommended time period is necessary. However, the choice to continue care beyond symptom resolution is up to the patient. Many people choose to continue with care, in order to maintain the health and function of their spine, but the choice is yours.

2. Chiropractic is not safe.

Chiropractic is very safe. There are rarely any negative side effects; some patients may experience mild discomfort after the first one or two treatment sessions. Your Chiropractor will do a thorough assessment in order to determine the best approach to treatment, and they will discuss these options before proceeding.

3. Chiropractors cause strokes.

There have been reports of people having vertebral artery dissections (a specific type of stroke) after visiting a Chiropractor. However, after much investigation into these cases, it has never been concluded that the Chiropractic adjustment caused the stroke. Those people were just as likely to have the stroke if they had been visiting their medical doctor, hairdresser or even gazing up at the stars.

4. Chiropractic is not safe for children

Chiropractic is very safe for children. Chiropractors are trained to modify and adapt their technique to the individual and their body size. This means that children can receive safe and effective adjustments that help them grow up healthy!

5. Chiropractors are not real doctors.

Chiropractors receive extensive education similar to that of a medical doctor. Instead of prescribing medication or recommending surgery, Chiropractors learn to address the root cause of muscle, joint and nerve related problems. They go to school for 8 years and obtain a doctorate of Chiropractic degree, they must also complete board exams and meet regulatory requirements in order to maintain their license.

6. Chiropractors only help with back pain.

Chiropractors are trained to address all kinds of muscle, joint, skeletal and nerve related problems from head to toe. They learn methods of treatment that can address all kinds of conditions. Whether it’s your arm, shoulder, wrist, knee, back, neck or foot causing problems, a Chiropractor can help.

At Pathways To Hope we are fortunate to have two Doctors of Chiropractic on our team. For more information or to book a free consultation with one of them, call us at 519.751.0728 or email

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